News Bites: Wednesday, Feb 4th 2004

By Garth Franklin Wednesday February 4th 2004 11:40PM

Dreamworks Management Shift: "DreamWorks exec Adam Goodman will step into Michael De Luca's shoes when the production president moves on to a producing gig in June, sources at the company say. DreamWorks would not confirm the information, and insiders say De Luca is staying in his spot for the time being. A former DreamWorks assistant, Goodman -- unlike De Luca, the former New Line golden boy -- was groomed on the DreamWorks campusreamWorks campus..." (more info). Farmers on E: "Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Samantha Morton will star in the romantic comedy, the feature writing and directing bow of Irish helmer Siofra Campbell. "Farmers on E" is a snapshot of life in a small Irish farming community as residents attempt to manage the responsibilities of family and friendship while they struggle to deal with the impact of progress..." (more info). The Ladies' Man: "Universal-based Playtone has set up the Elinor Lipman novel "The Ladies' Man" at the studio for Robert Benton to adapt and direct with Tom Hanks in the title role. Playtone partners Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce. Hanks will play Nash Harvey, a serial womanizer and commercial jingle writer who returns to Boston to make amends with a woman he stood up at the altar up at the altar..." (more info). The Reckoning: "Odd Lot Entertainment has acquired Irving Belateche's spec "The Reckoning" to produce and finance, with A Band Apart on board to produce. Set in New Orleans, "Reckoning" is a supernatural thriller about a woman who suffers visions from her childhood that foretell her daughter's doom..." (more info). Down in the Valley: "Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood are teaming to topline the indie drama for "Dahmer" director David Jacobson. Shooting starts Feb. 29 in Los Angeles. Set in the present-day San Fernando Valley, the project revolves around a delusional man who believes he's a cowboy and the relationship that he starts with a rebellious young woman..." (more info). Marvel/Pixar Teaming: "Marvel Enterprises has met with Pixar Animation Studios and nearly every producer about translating more of its comic book characters into filmed entertainment..." (more info). Nanny McPhee: "Colin Firth is in negotiations to star opposite Emma Thompson in the family comedy for director Kirk Jones. Shooting starts in April around London. Thompson also wrote the screenplay, adapted from the "Nurse Matilda" book series by Christianna Brand. The stories follow a magical nanny and the seven worst children in the world. Firth would play their father..." (more info). The Unprofessionals: "John Ridley has inked a seven-figure deal with DreamWorks to write an animated feature titled "The Unprofessionals." The project, which was developed at the studio and pitched to Ridley, centers on three hapless monkeys who are sent out on a quest where they are expected to fail, though they ultimately succeed..." (more info). Avenue Q: Adam Sandler is the frontrunner for the movie version of the musical according to All That Chat. Curse of Lobo: Hunter S. Thompson mentioned in his article this week at ESPN that his book curse of lono is going to become a film. Danny the Dog: MTV France has a small international trailer for Jet Li's next film. Daredevil: The "Director's Cut" DVD has been delayed over a year according to DVD Answers. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: A first look at the final one-sheet for the Jim Carrey sci-fi click is up at IGN Filmforce. Fierce People: Diane Lane will star in the coming-of-age drama for director Griffin Dunne, reports Production Weekly. Shooting begins in Vancouver at the end of March. Island: Caspian Tredwell-Owen's spec script about a "harvested being" becomes self-aware and must escape the utopian facility where he and others are being kept is rumoured to have been picked up by Brad Pitt's production company. Mozart & The Whale: Radha Mitchell is tipped to be replacing Rachel Weisz. Police Academy: A first look at the complete collection DVD artwork is up at DVD Answers. Reefer Madness: An update on the TV movie is online at Playbill. Release Date Shifts: Coming Soon.reports that "Kingdom of Heaven", "xXx: State of the Union" and "Mission: Impossible 3" are all scheduled for May 6th 2005. Rosemary's Baby: Dimension Films is rumoured to be considering a remake of the Polanski classic with the idea of bringing on a "hot" up and coming female director to develop it - someone who might be a real "Monster". Seed of Chucky: Don Mancini has denied the Dourif rumours according to Creature Corner.

Superman: Superhero Hype indicates Bruce Willis might be up for Lex Luthor. The French Hustler: Vincent Cassel is tipped to star in this movie written and directed by "Monster's Ball" co-writer Milo Addica. Based on Christophe Rocancourt's memoir, is about his time as one of the world's most famous playboy con-artists. The Matador: Moviehole reports that financing has come through for Richard Shepard's project - "We finally got the green light from Stratus Films. Pierce Brosnan is starring and we start shooting in Mexico in 8 weeks". The film follows a hitman who has a breakdown whilst on assignment.

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